Foxton Locks, Foxton

Foxton Locks (grid reference SP691895) are ten canal locks consisting of two "staircases" each of five locks, located on the Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal about 3 miles west of the Leicestershire town of Market Harborough. They are named after the nearby village of Foxton.

They form the northern terminus of a 20-mile summit level that passes Husbands Bosworth, Crick and ends with the Watford flight

Alongside the locks is the site of the Foxton Inclined Plane, built in 1900 to resolve the operational restrictions imposed by the lock flight. It was not a commercial success and only remained in full-time operation for ten years. It was dismantled in 1926, but a project to re-create it commenced in the 2000s, since the locks remain a bottleneck for boat traffic.
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  • accepting the travel advice for leicester, and it is only advice, the staff we quite rude demanding postcodes from people. that should remember those that they were ruse and demanding to just won't...  more »
  • What a fabulously interesting place to visit. Parking for the whole day was just £2. Lovely walks in all directions along the canal towpaths. And then there’s the locks, incredible bit of British...  more »
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  • Brilliant place to visit. Fascinating to watch the boats travelling through. Visited with two children of 4 and 7 and they loved it and were able to help opening and closing the lock gates. Boat owners were very friendly and allowed the children to travel up part of the staircase of locks on board with them. Good lunches available and ice creams too.
  • Mixed bag. Service I'd give 5 stars the waiter was so, so lovely. The service was great. Food I'd give 0 stars, I should have known not to order the pizza when it said 'pre made no substitutions' it was really grim. Like a meat pizza frozen from a cheap supermarket worth £1. Maybe avoid the pizza as the rest of it was lovely.
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